SCHUMANN IN CONCERT
The next in The Trinity Sessions, the concert will be a special
evening sharing the musical journey of a legendary South Australian
singer songwriter ("I was Only 19") who has won two Golden
Guitars, Pater and Mo Awards, two APRA awards and gold and platinum
records but rarely performs in concert Be a part of this unique
experience at one of Adelaide's best and most intimate concert venues..
Date: 24 Aug, 2003 6:00 PM
Location: Church of The Trinity
Addres: 318 Goodwood Road, Clarence Park SA 5034
Doors open 5:15
Cost: Adult $14 Con $12 Child $6
Bookings on 8271 0329 (Effective Living Centre)
At door $16/$14/$6 (if not sold out)
Ph 8297 4037
Music Australia proudly announce the release of
"Portrait: The Very Best Of John Schumann."
Schumann: Australian icon & legendary songwriter. If his name
isn't instantly recognisable then his voice will be - as lead singer
of Redgum until 1986, and thereafter as a solo artist, John has
produced some magnificent songs - songs that celebrate the lives
of ordinary working Australian men and women and which point to
a true, lasting identifiable Australian culture.
lots of ways, John Schumann was one of the very first to break down
the lyric and accent barrier in the minds of Australians - that
very barrier that made us a little uncomfortable when we heard the
Australian accent and Australian place names in song. Since then,
a lot of successful Australians artists have followed suit and the
generous ones among them have always acknowledged John Schumann's
songwriters have changed the way a nation thinks. John Schumann's
song "I Was Only 19" helped precipitate a Royal Commission
and kick-started a series of events which culminated in the Vietnam
Veterans Welcome Home March in Sydney, 1987. Especially topical
is the track "If The War Goes On" was inspired by the
Gulf war, which in this current climate takes on a poignant relevance.
to Sony Music Australia since 1979, John Schumann is a well decorated
artist in that there are few Australian Music Awards he hasn't won
- 2 Golden Guitar Awards, a Pater award, a Mo Award, 2 APRA awards
and a number of gold and platinum records. His industry achievements,
in fact, go a long way beyond his own projects. A registered motivational
speaker with IMG, John spreads his message not only with his music
but also through corporate and private speaking for groups as diverse
as local charities through to AFL clubs.
was for the AFL that John wrote and recorded a spine-tingling new
anthem called "One True Game." As one Australian icon
singing about another, this song displayed his uncanny ability for
emotive song writing and is included in this wonderful collection
alongside classics such as "Borrowed Ground" and "Eyes
- The Very Best Of" combines tracks from John's solo albums
"True Believers' & "Etched In Blue" and Redgum's
biggest hit "I was only 19" with news songs. Each track
includes a liner note from John explaining his inspiration. The
portrait on the cover was painted by his friend Sue Flanagan, who
entered into the Archibald Prize competition in 2002. There is no
doubt it captures the honesty and determination of one of the most
perceptive, intelligent and unpretentious songwriters in this country
has produced in the last decade.
As Professor Brian Matthews once wrote:
so much that is genuinely Australian is threatened by cultural imperialism
and the blandness of unexamined globalism. In such an atmosphere
we must guard our national treasures and John Schumann is one of
"PORTRAIT - THE VERY BEST OF JOHN SCHUMANN"
INSTORE 7TH APRIL 2003
ONE TRUE SONGWRITER - ONE TRUE GAME
Schumann, former lead singer and songwriter for the legendary Australian
folk-rock band Redgum, has written and recorded a spine-tingling
new anthem for Australian Rules Football called 'One True Game".
the songwriter responsible for the Vietnam anthem, "I was only
19", the witty and penetrating "I've been to Bali too"
and a host of other memorable Australian classics, John Schumann's
capacity for emotive song writing is well known.
True Game" is the first footy song in a long time, perhaps
since "Up There, Cazaly" and "One Day in September",
that authentically captures the excitement and essence of our country's
one true game, Australian Rules Football. The people who have heard
it already have made those comparisons, saying that a new national
footy anthem is well overdue. A lot of them believe that "One
True Game" is it.
Schumann has been a footy fan for years and his love of the game
and his understanding of it shine through in the lyric and melody.
Schumann has taken footy and turned into a metaphor for life:
a game a footy and it never goes to plan,
You can run into the empty space, you try to throw your tag
you go to the footy and you look around and you watch and listen
to the crowd, you know that it's the Australian people who really
own this game," says John.
will always be the administrators, the marketers and the celebrities
but, when it all boils down, the game belongs to ordinary Australians
- the people in the outer who scream for their team, the people
whose whole week starts on a real high if their team wins.
Rules is part of our history, our culture. It is a real reflection
of us as a nation. No other country on earth could have given birth
to a game that is as rugged and honest and cuts through social and
economic boundaries like Aussie Rules does," John says.
True Game" is an official AFL song and has been released by
Sony, the label with which John Schumann has been associated since
his early days in Redgum.
TRUE GAME - RELEASED INSTORE JUNE 17